Overseas Christmas mail deadlines loom

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Christmas delivery deadlines are looming for Kiwis sending presents overseas.

For anywhere other than Australia, the South Pacific, Asia, North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, the deadline to send gifts via New Zealand Post's international air-service is tomorrow.

And the sending deadlines for those places are also fast approaching.

Australia-bound presents are due to be sent by November 30, and those destined for the remaining countries are due by November 27.

The international Christmas sending dates this year were brought forward by a week to give presents the best chance to arrive on time.

NZ Post chief operating officer Brendon Main said last month the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to bring the deadline forwards.

"We'd encourage Kiwis to send items as early as they can, both within New Zealand and internationally, to ensure they are there in plenty of time for Christmas," he said.

"We also encourage people looking to order items from overseas online stores to do this as early as they can."

Kiwis have until December 21 to send post and parcels which should arrive before Christmas, with couriers having a December 23 deadline.

More than 1500 extra transport runs will be made to ensure mail is delivered on time, as well as three additional sites to manage surges in mail volumes.

The service will also bring on 350 additional processing staff, 200 more courier vans and 185 extra flights.

Christmas is usually the busiest time of the year for NZ Post; however, the parcel delivery records have already been broken this year due to Covid-19 with online shopping about 30 percent up in October on the corresponding time last year.

Following the lifting of alert level 4, NZ Post received about 3.5 million parcels in a fortnight, or around 200 parcels a minute.

All the cut-off dates, as well as the deadlines for sending within New Zealand, are available on the NZ Post website.

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